A new film, set in Cyprus during the conflicts, is due to premiere shortly across North Cyprus. “Codename Venus” is an epic drama based on true events between 1955 and 1974, directed and co-written by Turkish-Cypriot film maker, Tamer Garip. The film was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year and is now scheduled to be screened at Lemar Cineplex cinemas in Nicosia and Kyrenia (Karaoglanoglu), as well as the Galleria Cinema in Nicosia.
English actress, Jolie Myatta, plays the central character, Venus, who returns to her birthland of Cyprus to find out the truth about her parents’ disappearance and becomes an undercover agent for British Intelligence. The film is an emotional story and one which highlights Cyprus’ tragic history.
Garip has a colourful background. Born in Nicosia, he was educated in England and gained an honours degree in Business Studies and a masters in Film Studies. He has taught film making techniques, worked in advertising (for advertising giant, Saatchi & Saatchi), held the position of CEO for North Cyprus based Levent Group and produced three television shows. This latest venture was well received in Cannes, where Garip said the film attracted very considerable attention, with both screenings drawing a massive audience.
Near East University are the sole sponsors of the film. Sümer Garip, a director at the University, said that they are proud to sponsor the film and enjoy making a contribution to the film industry, and in particular, proud to be involved in representing the TRNC to the world.
Codename Venus will be screened in North Cyprus cinemas from 21st December, and will be released in the UK in early 2013. The film is in English, with Turkish subtitles.